The premise for Saturdays’ ‘Life Essentials’ art show and concert was to open a four-city tour with the aim of fundraising for ‘The International Lifeline Fund’ and its humanitarian and environmental projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. ‘ILF’ has been fighting a continuing battle through establishing cutting edge ways to promote cost-effective technologies and self-sustaining programs to help give vulnerable individuals the lift they need.
Headlining the decks for the evening were D.C.’s new biggest thing and ESL music’s newest signed talent from Germany, Ancient Astronauts. They provided a fitting soundtrack to the event with tunes that got everyone up and dancing on the multi functional gallery floor, a brave yet admiral decision made by event coordinators! A heartfelt speech made by ILF founder Daniel Wolf extended the invitation for female gallery goers to lift a full water container placed in the centre of the gallery, often carried for miles everyday by women in third world countries, a sobering experience for all when we failed to barely lift it off the floor. This emphasis on the cause brought home just how imperative co-hosted fundraising events such as this really are.
Art Whino founder Shane Pomajambo came to D.C. with aspirations of filling a void in the art world by establishing a fitting venue to hold some of the most up and coming underground contemporary artists. Through the sheer size and capacity of the three floor gallery space this dream has been achieved. The eclectic curation emphasized the mixture of mediums used and the quantity of works on display gave the event the diversity and richness that it deserved.
Art Whino and The International Art Fund stepped up to the mark in achieving publicity for two great projects, both reaching out to different sectors in need. With this weekends event, the first of four including South Beach at Art Basel on December 5-6, expect to hear more from both of these great organizations.
‘Life Essentials’ co-hosted by www.artwhino.com, 173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745, And ‘The International Lifeline Fund’ www.lifelinefund.org, 2101 L St NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20037. Following the D.C launch the ‘Life Essentials’ show is hitting the road stopping at Art Basel in South Beach on December 5-6, New York City in March, and San Francisco in June.